Afghan troops rappelled from helicopters onto the roof of a four-story
building near the Indian Consulate in a northern city on Monday to drive
out gunmen who had attacked the diplomatic mission the night before,
The standoff in the northern province of Balkh began Sunday night when the attackers tried to storm the consulate and then retreated into the adjacent building.
A strong earthquake damaged buildings, killed at least eight people and
injured more than 100 in India's remote northeast region early Monday.
The death and injuries were caused by falling debris. Manipur state's home minister, G. Gaikhangam, said several areas suffered extensive damage, especially the capital, Imphal. He did not give details but told reporters the situation was still being assessed.